If this were a normal Friday, moviegoers would be heading to theaters to see the remake of 1992 horror film Candyman from director Nia DaCosta and producer and co-writer Jordan Peele. But as everyone knows, there is nothing normal about this Friday.
Movie theaters remain closed on account of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 113,000 Americans so far. In major cities around the country, protesters in support of the Black Lives Matter movement continue to crowd the streets to denounce systemic racism and police violence against the black community. As a result, it’s likely the delayed release of Candyman, which is now set to arrive in theaters on September 25, is not necessarily top of mind. Still, for those looking for a brief respite from the world, there are plenty of alternatives to watch instead of Candyman this weekend—starting with the source.
Born in Brooklyn and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Candyman director Nia DaCosta is certainly on any list of ascendant filmmakers to watch. But before she breaks big with Candyman, check out her debut film, Little Woods. Starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James as a pair of estranged sisters, the 2019 drama was hailed by critics and stood out on the festival circuit. DaCosta won the Nora Ephron Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. “I went through the 1970s in film.